Skiing Goes Better with Coffee
As we all bid a somber farewell to the fall months, we leave behind crisp mornings, colorful foliage and the latest cardamom-pumpkin spice triple-shot almond milk latte that seems to resurface each and every year. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the staff here at Planetary Design are preparing themselves for long travels, magnificent feasts and, of course, holiday shopping.
This year, skip the lines and avoid getting trampled in a Wal-Mart breezeway by checking out our most excellent gifting guide: perfect for that powder-seeking skier and aroma-chasing coffee lover in your life, and all for around $50!
Planetary Design: Airscape Ceramic
PD’s Airscape Ceramic is at the top of our holiday wish list. As you may well know, we are crazy about the beans. This chic-and durable container filled with your favorite roast can go with you anywhere you go. With its finely glazed ceramic design, unassuming-yet-stylish and sustainable bamboo lid and its patented air-ousting, vacuum-sealing technology, the Airscape Ceramic undoubtedly keeps your coffee tasting as fresh as the day you bought it, weeks after your purchase.
Available in both medium (7”) and small (4”) sizes, the Airscape can hold either one or a half pound respectively. This trendy bean container is perfect for the daily or weekly brewer in your life.
Gordini: GTX Storm Trooper 3 Finger
Gordini has long been known as a purveyor of quality winter outdoor accessories. This holiday season, surprise your ski-bum brother-in-law with the coolest/warmest mittens on the market (that’s high praise, we know!). The GTX Storm Trooper 3 Finger’s design is perfect for any ski or snowboarding enthusiast; with moisture-wicking technology that draws sweat out of the mitten but keeps any external water from getting in, your hands and fingers are guaranteed to stay toasty, dry and warm.
This fashionable mitten also features genuine goatskin trim and a stick grip finger area ensuring your loved one will never lose a pole while shredding.
Photo courtesy of Gordini
Lululemon: Twist of Cozy Knit Beanie
This Canadian company has been combining high-fashion and functionality since 1998. Known most famously for their athletic wear of exquisite quality, Lululemon also makes some pretty cute beanies and scarves to keep their customers warm in winter months. The Twist of Cozy Knit Beanie is made with merino wool, creating a delightfully soft handfeel that wicks moisture away from your head while naturally insulating to allow for effective temperature regulation.
This beanie is available in three colors, and most probably fits underneath a ski helmet. For the stylish skier on you holiday gift list, the Twist of Cozy Knit Beanie cannot be beat!
Photo courtesy of Lululemon
Driftaway: Personalized Coffee Subscription
Custom coffee sent to your door on a regular basis, so you can spend more time on the slopes and less time at home or in the lodge.
For the coffee lover who is always seeking the new next best roast, Driftaway has an amazing coffee subscription service that will keep your cup filled with something new, exciting and always delicious without the guesswork of shopping in a grocery store. Once an order is placed, Driftaway will send a sample pack of different roasts with varying flavor profiles. After you decide what you like the most, the roasters at Driftaway work with you to make sure you are getting a personalized taste to make your brew irresistible.
With fully customizable shipping, size and frequency options made available, your special coffee lover will always have just enough of their most favorite coffee specifically catered to their palate and rate of consumption.
Have you ever stashed your new goggles in a coat pocket or backpack, only to realize the next time you’re on the mountain that there is now one infuriating scratch right down the middle? Sure, the goggles came with a carrying pouch… but who the heck knows where that thing made off to? Surprise the shred-enthusiast in your life with one of Gogglesoc’s microfiber goggle pouches to ensure they keep their lenses scratch-free all winter. With an excellent assortment of designs to suit the style of any skier or boarder, this gift is a super fun and stylish way to protect those things that protect your eyes and face.
Voile: Polyurethane Ski Strap with Aluminum Buckle
Voile is a champion brand to the backcountry skier or snowboarder and these straps, although seemingly unnecessary, could save the life of your loved one someday. Designed to keep your skis or splitboard held tightly together during hikes in the backcountry, these straps have been tested, tried and true by avid explorers around the world to provide near infinite utilitarian uses. These straps provide an inexpensive backcountry insurance policy and ensure that no matter how far back in the sticks you may be, you will never end up a creek without a paddle. Whether you need to strap your boot with a broken buckle to your foot, repair a broken buckle on your backpack, tourniquet a gaping wound or simply hold your skis together, Voile’s Ski Straps will provide security in the backcountry. The only limitation is your imagination.
Planetary Design: Steel Toe with Brü-Stop
With our patented Brü-Stop coffee pressing technology, the Steel Toe combines the convenience of a well-insulated tumbler and the unparalleled quality of brew. After your coffee has steeped for the desired amount of time, pushing down the plunger allows the stainless steel microscreen to separate the fresh grounds from the used, ensuring every on-the-go cup of joe is aromatic and tasty.
The Steel Toe is constructed with with double-walled, ultra-vacuum insulated restaurant-grade stainless steel sides that keep your freshly brewed coffee hot hours into the play or workday. For those who always seem to be in a rush, our Steel Toe french press and travel mug is an excellent holiday gift idea.
Darn Tough: Function 5 Over-the-Calf Padded Cushion
These aren’t the run-of-the-mill twelve-pack of white tube socks your mom buys you every year; they are so much more. The Function 5 sock hugs your calves, feet and ankles in all the right places for a perfect blister-free fit. Weaved with soft, breathable merino wool and adorned with strategically positioned pads that protect skiers and boarders from dreaded boot rub and heel lift, these socks provide the uncompromising warmth and comfort needed to keep you out on the slopes during your most exhilarating downhill adventures.
Boasting a lifetime warranty and steezy designs, Darn Tough socks will keep your toesies warm every winter, year after year.
Photo courtesy of Darn Tough
Passions Pursued and Brewed
Wherever you may be, whatever holiday you may be celebrating: we at Planetary Design want to help you make your holidays special. We know many of our fans are adventurers like us — and in winter, adventurers often find themselves at a ski resort or in the backcountry.
We hope that our gift guide may have piqued your interest or sparked your creativity. And, for the pickiest person on your list, don’t forget that we have Planetary Design gift certificates available, too!